Three-dimensional analysis of free-space light propagation based on quantum mechanical scattering theory of light

Hyeonho Son, Honggu Choi, Kyunghwan Oh

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In this paper, a free-space light propagation analysis between 3-dimensional (3-D) volumetric spaces is proposed. In contrast to conventional scalar diffraction, the proposed theory is based on quantum mechanical scattering providing a general volumetric analysis for the free-space light propagation. Assuming a plane wave light incidence, we obtained a new analytic formula for 3-D volumetric convolution, which provided a transfer function in a closed form used for caculating the electric fields at the observation points. The proposed method was consistent with the conventional numerical methods for a 2-dimensional aperture and can be further applied to exact calculation of diffraction fields from 3-D surfaces, providing a compact reconstruction algorithm for 3-D images in a computer generated hologram.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)533-538
Number of pages6
JournalOptics Communications
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jan 1

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by the ICT R&D Program of MSIP/IITP ( 2014-044-014-002 ), and by the Nano Material Technology Development Program through NRF funded by the MSIP ( NRF-2012M3A7B4049800 ).

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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